Just go… We have all been affected by the family disease of alcoholism…

While the holidays represent happy times with family and friends, for some, it can be the exact opposite. Even before the get togethers start, they can be filled with worry and stress about what kind of family drama they will have to deal with once their loved ones start to drink.

If you’re one of those who is dreading the family get together, consider dropping into a couple Al‑Anon meetings. Eileen, an anonymous Al‑Anon member, offers some ideas that may help you if you’re afraid to attend a meeting.

Watch her interview to find out more.

For those who are dealing with the family disease of alcoholism, it may be helpful to try Al‑Anon. Meetings last about an hour and are available in person and electronically.


This interview was recorded at the 2018 Al‑Anon International Convention in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Members were asked to share about various aspects of the Al‑Anon program and their personal experience.

Members’ anonymity is protected so that they can share openly and honestly about their experience with a loved one’s drinking and with the Al‑Anon program.

The opinions expressed in this video were strictly those of the person who gave them.

Video Transcript

Just go… We have all been affected by the family disease of alcoholism…

INTERVIEWER: Eileen, what would you tell someone who’s afraid to go to their first Al‑Anon meeting?

EILEEN: Invite someone to go with you if you’re afraid. But I’m telling you when you go, you will feel the love. And you don’t have to say anything. Just go and go open. Go open to hearing. Look, we have all been affected by the disease of alcoholism.

And what I learned was that I thought my parents were insane, but I never realized that I also was insane. I did crazy things. I had the cops come to my house twice because I was screaming at the alcoholic. Not because of the alcoholic. I had a lot of guilt, and I don’t anymore. So, give it a try.

Bring someone along with you. Find the courage. Be courageous. This program is about being courageous enough to step out of the disease of alcoholism and find hope. There is hope.